About Us

Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards,
professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action.

We focus on educational initiatives, political advocacy and
community-based activism.

The past decade has been the warmest on record. 2016 was the  hottest year ever recorded and 2017 is already on track top it. Meanwhile, the northern hemisphere has already lost a million square miles of spring snowpack since 1970—an area three times the size of Texas.  Snow levels are rising in elevation and winters are shorter. Climate change is already  affecting winter.

By 2007, pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones found that more and more resorts he’d always counted on for good riding were closed due to lack of snow. Something was clearly going on, and he felt the need to act. But he couldn’t find any organizations focused on mobilizing the snowsports community on climate—there was a gap between the impacts that climate change was already having on our mountains, and any organized action being taken to address it. And so Jeremy founded Protect Our Winters.

Soon afterwards, we brought on other concerned pro athletes, individuals, resorts and winter sports companies. Since then, Protect Our Winters has grown from a kernel of an idea into a worldwide network of over 130,000 supporters – a social movement on climate, designed to activate a passionate community and create the political will for meaningful action by state and federal policymakers.

And, while POW’s earliest supporters were renowned athletes and respected corporations, the movement quickly grew to include the wider outdoor sports community  as their playgrounds and livelihoods also depend on healthy winters.

This was the perfect group to give a national voice to outdoor sports, an industry that supports 7.6 million+ jobs and creates $887 billion in economic revenue. While the fossil fuel lobby may outspend environmentalists 20-1 in Washington, we share a passion that crosses party lines, a unique perspective that de-politicizes any climate discussion, and an industry with an economic impact that can’t be ignored.

Our key formula for engaging 60 million+ outdoor sports enthusiasts globally: relevance and authenticity. Though we can dress up for meetings, in the end we are pro athletes, dirtbags and diehards; for us, winter is not just a passion, but a way of life.

Right now, we have the luxury of worrying about how climate change might impact the outdoor industry. Right now, we get to help dictate the outcome rather than react to a foregone conclusion. If we sit on our hands for the next two decades, we won’t be worried about powder days, tourism or having fun. We’ll be worried about the stability of our environment, our jobs and our economy.

We All Need Winter.

 

 

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Jeremy Jones

Founder and President

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Jeremy Jones

Founder and President

As an accomplished filmmaker, entrepreneur, environmentalist and snowboarding pioneer, Jeremy Jones is widely regarded as one of the most legendary big mountain riders and explorers of all time. Named a 2013 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” and eleven times voted “Best Big Mountain Rider of the Year” by Snowboarder Magazine, Jeremy has starred in over fifty snowboard movies worldwide, including his highly acclaimed, foot-powered snowboarding trilogy Deeper, Further and Higher.  He is the founder and CEO of award-winning Jones Snowboards, dedicated to the development of the highest quality backcountry snowboards and accessories.  In 2007 Jeremy founded Protect Our Winters, a global cause uniting the winter sports community against climate change and was recognized in 2013 as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama. Jeremy has appeared frequently in worldwide media including 60 Minutes Sports, ABC’s Nightline News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Outside Magazine and TV, Men’s Journal, Esquire, CNN, MTV, ESPN, Fox News, NBC and National Geographic.

Barbara Weber

Senior Brand Manager

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Barbara Weber

Senior Brand Manager

A native of northern Michigan, Barbara has had a passion for sliding on snow since a young age. This passion eventually led her to the mountains of Colorado after receiving a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University. During her five years between Vail and Aspen, she worked for Patagonia and Ski.com before enthusiastically joining POW in the spring of 2014.

Barbara helps manage POW’s branding and key partnerships, activations, social media, educational program, merchandise, and community engagement. She continues to be excited to work towards ensuring future generations get to enjoy the beautiful places and climates she was fortunate enough to grow up in, through POW’s unique approach to climate activism. 

Lindsay Bourgoine

Manager, Advocacy & Campa...

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Lindsay Bourgoine

Manager, Advocacy & Campaigns

With a passion for politics and the great outdoors, Lindsay joined Protect Our Winters in 2016 to advance the organization’s advocacy efforts. Prior to her (second) move to Colorado, Lindsay worked on conservation and recreation policy issues for the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Outdoor Industry Association, completed a Masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, and coached skiing at Squaw Valley. When she’s not raising a ruckus on a policy issue or telling stories about her beloved home state of Maine, you can find Lindsay hiking, biking, running, or skiing deep in the mountains, typically wearing a significant amount of neon.

Torrey Udall

Manager, Development & Op...

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Torrey Udall

Manager, Development & Operations

Torrey grew up in Carbondale, Colorado where he forged an early and lasting connection to the ski mountain and the outdoors.
Before joining POW in 2016, Torrey worked for three years as a strategic advisor to Jim Collins, author of the international bestseller GOOD TO GREAT, and gained unique insight into the practices of building great organizations.
Interestingly, Torrey is the descendent of a line of adventurers and conservationists. Torrey’s grandfather and great uncle, Morris and Stewart Udall, each played significant roles in conserving natural landscapes throughout the United States. Additionally, his maternal grandfather, Dick Emerson, was part of the first successful American expedition to Everest in 1963.

Joe Bouchard

Membership Coordinator

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Joe Bouchard

Membership Coordinator

Joe found his love for the outdoors in his home state of New Hampshire. After making the tough decision to leave the “Live Free or Die” state, he moved out to Colorado to attend Colorado State University. After graduating with a BA in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Joe continued to follow his passion for sustainability and the outdoors as an intern at POW.

Now our Membership Coordinator, he is responsible for communicating and strategically growing our membership base. Outside of work, he can be found snowboarding, hiking, or surfing when lucky enough to get back to the coast.

Conrad Anker

Professional Mountaineer,...

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Conrad Anker

Professional Mountaineer, The North Face

Conrad Anker is the leader of The North Face climbing team and a legend in the climbing and mountaineering community, where he is renowned for tackling challenging routes throughout the Americas, Himalayas and Antarctica, including multiple first ascents. Conrad lives in Bozeman, Mont., and sits on the board of the Conservation Alliance and the Leadership Institute of Montana State University. Conrad is also vice president of the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.

Winston Binch

Deutsch North America

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Winston Binch

Deutsch North America

Winston Binch is the chief digital officer at Deutsch North America, where he’s responsible for agency-wide digital strategy and vision, operations, and business and invention development. Prior to Deutsch, Winston worked at CP+B as Partner/Managing Director, Interactive, where he led digital strategy, operations, and agency business development, where his efforts helped the agency win Interactive Agency of the Year at Cannes three times over a five-year span. Winston’s work has been recognized by international award shows and publications such as Cannes Cyber Lions, Andys, One Show, Clios, London International Awards, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, AdAge, Adweek, Creativity, Travel + Leisure, Ski Magazine, and Communication Arts.

Gretchen Bleiler

Olympic Snowboarder, Entr...

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Gretchen Bleiler

Olympic Snowboarder, Entrepreneur

Gretchen Bleiler is one of the most accomplished snowboarders in the world.

She is a 2-time Olympian, Olympic Silver medalist, 4-time X Games champion, ESPY award winner, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and has been featured in everything from prime time talk shows and national commercials to hundreds of publications worldwide.  Because of her first-hand experience with climate change, she’s an environmental advocate and activist and serves on the board for Protect Our Winters, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and espnW.  She’s leveraged her commitment to acting on climate change by working with brands to design innovative sustainable signature snowboards, outerwear, lifestyle apparel, accessories and eyewear.  She’s now the co-founder of ALEX, which stands for “Always Live Extraordinary”.  A company designed to shift habits and consciousness towards sustainable and healthy living through teaching, speaking, writing, events and innovative products. Currently she is working on her memoir.

Donna Carpenter

Burton Snowboards

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Donna Carpenter

Burton Snowboards

Donna Carpenter is the President and co-owner, along with husband Jake Burton Carpenter, of Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company. Since 1982, Donna has held a multitude of roles at Burton. During the past three decades, she has built snowboards, answered phones, expanded Burton’s market to Europe, including living in Austria for four years, and held the CFO position. Today, Donna is the President of Burton, assuming leadership of the company’s global human resources and overseeing the company’s global sustainability efforts in order to improve Burton’s social and environmental impact. This work includes strengthening social responsibility in the supply chain, creating sustainable solutions to product design, improving product packaging sustainability and expanding the company’s waste and energy reduction strategy. In doing so, Donna is helping to make snowboarding sustainable well into the future. Sustainability is a part of Burton’s culture, and the company also takes climate change and clean energy action personally. In addition, Donna serves on the espnW Advisory Board, and heads up the Chill Foundation. Donna also spends as much time as possible with her three sons and Jake, and she is an accomplished backcountry snowboarder with over 30 years of riding experience.

 

Chris Davenport

Professional Skier

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Chris Davenport

Professional Skier

Chris Davenport, of Aspen, Colorado, is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today. Among his many skiing achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. A two-time World Champion, he has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest. Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films. He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC Sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is also the author of two beautiful coffee-table books that celebrate North America’s mountains, Ski The 14ers and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America.

Lukas Haynes

David Rockefeller Fund

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Lukas Haynes

David Rockefeller Fund

Lukas is Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund but he left part of his heart in the ski instructor locker room at Park City, Utah (1989-90). He is the proud parent of an expert child skier and lives with his wife in Montclair, New Jersey. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Climate and Security and the Climate and Energy Funders Group. He was previously board chair of the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute and Independent Diplomat, which helps small, island nations deal with the existential threat of climate change. Lukas spent the past eight years as Vice President at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, where he proudly co-funded the People’s Climate March, and served on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department from 2000-01. He has co-authored articles on climate change with fellow POW Board member, Auden Schendler, and written on numerous policy issues during his work for the MacArthur Foundation and Oxfam.

Jamie McJunkin

Madrone Capital Partners

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Jamie McJunkin

Madrone Capital Partners

Jamie McJunkin is a founder and general partner at Madrone Capital Partners, a private investment firm that invests on behalf of members of the Walton Family. Jamie leads Madrone’s efforts in sustainability and alternative energy, and is currently an active investor or board member at Achates Power, Bloom Energy, eHarmony, Enphase, Strava, Sunrun, and Wasserman Media Group.   He is a member of the advisory board of several investment management firms, including Rockport Capital Partners and The Global Environment Fund.   An avid pilot, Jamie also serves on the Board of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.   Jamie earned an A.B. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Truckee, CA and is a passionate cyclist and skier.

Penn Newhard

Backbone Media

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Penn Newhard

Backbone Media

Penn is the owner of Backbone Media. A Midwestern boy who bounced in and out of the country as a youth, Penn left his Wall Street job as a municipal bond trader in 1989 to relocate to Colorado. The renaissance ski bum lifestyle – making snow, race crew and a raft/climbing guide – led to a job as the Advertising Director at Climbing Magazine in 1992. Penn founded Backbone Media, an agency specializing in social media, public relations and media planning in 1997, and recently co-authored 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America with Chris Davenport and Art Burrows. Penn lives in Basalt, CO in a log cabin with his wife Kirsten and four tow-head kids, and serves on the North American Advisory Team for POC and is an Ambassador for 1% for the Planet.

Naomi Oreskes

Harvard University

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Naomi Oreskes

Harvard University

Naomi Oreskes is a Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University as well as an internationally renowned historian of science and author.  Her research focuses on consensus and dissent in science: How do scientists decide when a fact is “established?” How do they judge how much evidence is sufficient to deem something scientifically demonstrated? And what happens when scientists can’t agree? Her 2004 essay, “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” (Science 306: 1686), has been widely cited in the mass media throughout the world, including in the Royal Society’s publication, “A Guide to Facts and Fictions about Climate Change,” in the Academy-award winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, and in Ian McEwan’s novel, Solar.  Her opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Nature, Science, The New Statesman, and elsewhere.  Her latest work, Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming, with co-author Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and has recently been released in paperback.

Auden Schendler

Aspen Skiing Company (Cha...

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Auden Schendler

Aspen Skiing Company (Chairman)

Auden is the Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. Previously a research associate in corporate sustainability at Rocky Mountain Institute, Auden has been a trailer insulator, burger flipper, ambulance medic, Outward Bound instructor, high school math and English teacher, freelance writer, and Forest Service goose nest island builder. An avid outdoorsman, Auden has climbed Denali, North America’s highest peak, and kayaked the Grand Canyon in winter. His writing has been published in Harvard Business Review, the L.A. Times, Scientific American and Salon.com, among other publications, and his work has been covered in Businessweek, Fast Company, Travel and Leisure, Outside, and other media. Auden was named a global warming innovator by TIME magazine in 2006 and in 2007 he testified to Congress on the impact of climate change on public lands. He lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their children Willa and Elias.

Rob Webb

Liftopia

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Rob Webb

Liftopia

Rob is Chief Operating Officer at Liftopia, the largest seller of lift tickets online and the largest e-commerce technology provider for the ski industry globally.  He has led the partnership between Liftopia and POW and loves banging on doors in DC on POW’s behalf.  Rob holds a B.A. in Government & English from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and a JD and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Rob is a passionate & lifelong skier, snowboarder and mountain biker and loves getting into the mountains with his wife Amy and two sons, Will and Ned.

Dr. Jason Box

Professor, Glaciology

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Dr. Jason Box

Professor, Glaciology

Dr. Jason Box is a research scientist and currently lives in Copenhagen.  He has made sixteen expeditions to the Greenland ice sheet since 1994 and his time on the inland ice exceeds 1 year. He was awarded a NASA grant to support the installation and maintenance of Greenland EIS cameras. Dr. Box is active in Greenland fieldwork for EIS and is using EIS photos from Greenland to measure glacier speed changes, putting precise numbers on glacier flow sensitivity to climate. As an authority on the relationship between Greenland glaciers and climate, he’s authored or co-authored more than 26 peer-reviewed publications directly related to ice and climate and has led, since 2003, the annual Greenland entries for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and American Meteorological Society’s “State of the Climate” report. He was a contributing author to “Climate Change 2007″, the definitive report on the science of global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Follow Dr. Box’s blog posts on Dark Snowread his 2015 New Yorker article with Naomi Klein on “Why a climate deal is the best hope for peace,” and his Huffington Post piece titled “Earth’s ice is melting much faster than forecast. Here’s why that’s worrying.”

Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski

Research Assistant Profes...

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Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski

Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire

Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.  Her research focuses on New England winter climate, snowpack properties, and the exchange of water and energy at the land-atmosphere interface.  She uses climate models, remote sensing, and ground-based observations to study how changes in snowpack intersect with changes in land cover.  Dr. Burakowski partnered with Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council to produce a landmark report, Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States. Liz also coordinates a citizen science snow sampling network whose volunteers have collected snow depth, snow density, and snow albedo measurements for over five years in New Hampshire.  She teaches Introduction to Climate and Paleoclimatology at the University of New Hampshire.

Read Dr. Burakowski’s article, “If you like skiing or snowboarding, you should care about climate change,” published in The Guardian.

Dr. Jennifer Francis

Research Professor, Rutge...

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Dr. Jennifer Francis

Research Professor, Rutgers University

Dr. Jennifer Francis is a research professor with the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, studying Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages, with roughly 40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.

She has been at Rutgers since 1994, where she has taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues and co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. During the 13 months from July 2009-July 2010, her family of four spent a year sailing through Central America. She and her husband circumnavigated the world in a sailboat from 1980-1985, including Cape Horn and the Arctic, which is when she first became interested in Arctic weather and climate.  Francis earned a B.S. in meteorology from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington.

Dr. G. Greenwood

Executive Director of MRI

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Dr. G. Greenwood

Executive Director of MRI

Dr. Gregory B. Greenwood, a natural resources specialist trained in agricultural ecology, population ecology, and ruminant nutrition, is Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) in Berne, Switzerland. His mandate is to develop a strategy to increase and focus global change research in mountain regions throughout the world as part of IHDP and IGBP programs, and as a policy objective of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Greg Greenwood was previously Bioenergy and Climate Science Advisor for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resources/Science Advisor for the California Resources Agency, Sacramento. He has extensive experience with and publications on land use development and ecology, including global change in mountains. MRD Assistant Editor Susanne Wymann von Dach interviewed Greg Greenwood in August 2005.

Dr. Anne Nolin

Oregon State University

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Dr. Anne Nolin

Oregon State University

Dr. Anne Nolin is a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University where she heads the Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group. Her research interests focus on snow and ice in the climate system, particularly with regard to water resources. She has published articles on “at risk” snow in the Pacific Northwest, glacier melt contributions to rivers from Oregon to the Andes, and new ways of mapping snow and glaciers from space. She received her Ph.D. degree in Geography from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1993 and from 1993-2002 she worked as a research scientist at the University of Colorado, spending several field seasons on the Greenland ice sheet. She is a member of the NASA Science Team for the MISR and teaches courses in snow hydrology, climatology, and satellite remote sensing.

Learn more about Dr. Nolin’s 2017 trip to the remote Wrangell Range in Alaska to study the iconic Dall sheep. Read POW’s blog post, “Sheep, Locals, and Wet Snow” here.

Dr. Thomas Painter

Research Scientist, Hydro...

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Dr. Thomas Painter

Research Scientist, Hydrology

Dr. Thomas H. Painter is a Research Scientist of Hydrology, and serves as a Principal Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology and a Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the Principal Investigator of the JPL Airborne Snow Observatory, an integrated imaging spectrometer and LiDAR system to give the first-ever comprehensive, near real-time maps of snow water equivalent and snow reflectivity in mountain basins. His areas of interest are snow hydrology, radiative impacts of light-absorbing impurities on snow and glacier melt, water resources from mountain snow and ice, multispectral remote sensing and imaging spectroscopy. Dr. Painter has pioneered our understanding of the impacts of dust emission from land use change and black carbon from industrialization on snow and ice cover in mountain systems and the hydrologic response. He has also developed cutting edge remote sensing and field models for snow properties from spaceborne and airborne multispectral to imaging spectrometer sensors. He received a PhD and MA in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University. He is President of the Cryosphere Sciences Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.

Dr. Tad Pfeffer

Glaciologist, CU Boulder

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Dr. Tad Pfeffer

Glaciologist, CU Boulder

Dr. Tad Pfeffer is a glaciologist, geophysicist, and photographer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Fellow of the University’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. Pfeffer’s research is focused on glacier mechanics and dynamics, and particularly on dynamics of ocean—ending glaciers and glacier contributions to sea level. He has done field research for more than 30 years in glacier regions from Alaska to Antarctica to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Pfeffer also leads the long-term study of Columbia Glacier on Alaska’s South Central Coast, one the world’s most extensively studied and most rapidly changing glaciers. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP), and is a Lead Author for Chapter 13 (Sea Level Change) in the IPCC Fifth Assessment/Working Group I. He also operates WT Pfeffer Geophysical Consultants, LLC, providing consulting modeling, analysis, and assessments on sea level rise and glacier-related hazards.

In addition to his scientific work, Pfeffer’s photography has appeared in many publications in the US and Europe. He is the author of The Opening of a New Landscape: Columbia Glacier at Mid-Retreat, published by the American Geophysical Union in 2007. His most recent book is The Hand of the Small Town Builder, published in March 2014, by David R. Godine.

Dr. David Robinson

Professor, Rutgers Univer...

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Dr. David Robinson

Professor, Rutgers University

Dr. David A. Robinson is a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and since 1991 has served as New Jersey’s State Climatologist. A NJ native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and a doctorate in earth sciences at Columbia University prior to arriving at Rutgers. Dave’s research interests are in applied climate, especially related to New Jersey, and in climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. He is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to the National Climate Assessment, and sits on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, has been named a NOAA Environmental Hero, and is past president of the American Association of State Climatologists. He recently received the Rutgers Presidential Public Service award.

Read The Washington Post’s 2013 interview with Dr. Robinson, “Ask a state climatologist.”

Dr. Kevin Trenberth

Senior Scientist, NCAR

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Dr. Kevin Trenberth

Senior Scientist, NCAR

Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From New Zealand, he obtained his Sc. D. in meteorology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been prominent in most of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessments of Climate Change and has also extensively served the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) in numerous ways. He chaired the WCRP Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) project from 2010-2013.  He has also served on many U.S. national committees. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has published over 520 scientific articles or papers, including 234 refereed journal articles, and has given many invited scientific talks as well as appearing in a number of television, radio programs and newspaper articles. In 2017, he was the recipient of the AGU Roger Revelle Medal for outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences.

Read Dr. Trenberth’s blog post on Trump’s March 2017 executive order on climate. Watch the Denver Channel’s 2017 interview with Dr. Trenberth on “How will climate change affect Colorado?,” the 2017 Vail Symposium that discusses science, politics, and climate change with Dr. Trenberth as a panelist, and his 2015 lecture “What’s going on with El Nino?”

Dr. James White

Director of INSTAAR

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Dr. James White

Director of INSTAAR

Dr. Jim White is the Director of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and a Professor in both the Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the founding Director of Environmental Studies Department at CU, which now has about 1,000 majors per year. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of interdisciplinary education, and has worked steadily to break down barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better educate and train students and conduct research in the area of sustainability and environmental change.  His two main research areas are paleo- environmental reconstructions from ice cores and past and modern controls on the carbon cycle. He worked with Danish colleagues to first document the astonishing speed and magnitude of abrupt climate changes as seen in the Greenland ice cores.

He is an author on over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including more than thirty in the high-profile journals Science and Nature. He is a member of ISI Highly Cited, a group of the most highly cited authors that comprises less than one-half of one percent of all publishing researchers in the geosciences.

He has served on a number of national and international committees including the Chairmanship of the Polar Research Board of the US National Academy of Science, two US National Academy studies (chair of one on abrupt climate change), and co-leader of large multi-national research programs, most recently the North-Eem deep ice core in northern Greenland.

Watch Dr. White discuss “The Future of Skiing and the Science Behind the Snow” on a panel hosted in April 2017 at Arapahoe Basin and watch his interview with POW Riders Alliance member Jake Black at Dr. White’s offices at INSTAAR about science and politics in March 2017.

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